Vanarama Conference South
Sunday 28 December 2014 - Twerton Park - kick off 3.00pm
||Mellor, Simpson, Gallinagh (c), Walsh, Ball, Adelsbury, Stearn (Bowman 83), Allen, Pratt, Kington, Artus (McCootie 90). subs not used: Keary, Rollo.
|man of the match:
||Adelsbury (66, 86)
||Ball (45), Walsh (80), Artus (90)
||S Yianni, M Dadds, R Cockle
|league position: 12th
||next match: Weston Super Mare (H)
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Two second-half goals from Ben Adelsbury earned Bath City a Vanarama Conference South double over table-topping Boreham Wood.
The former Salisbury City midfielder broke the deadlock midway through the second period and wrapped up a late Christmas present for City fans four minutes from time.
It was a result that added yet another twist to a mercurial season for City, who have struggled against league new boys Wealdstone and St Albans yet beaten Boreham Wood twice as well as Bristol Rovers in the FA Trophy.
Match-winner Adelsbury came into the starting XI for Chas Hemmings, who sustained a hand injury in a fall at home, while Andy Watkins was absent with flu.
The early opportunities all fell to the visitors. As early as the third minute Anthony Jeffrey should have done better, hitting his shot high and wide after being well found by Lee Angol.
Former Arsenal youth team player Jeffrey then put in a cross from the right which Junior Morias headed wide when unmarked.
City soon responded and went close on 13 minutes when Phil Walsh met a Frankie Artus’ corner with a downward header which was only just cleared off the line.
However, City’s pressure was only a brief respite as the league leaders again pressed forward in search of an opener and again it was Jeffrey who threatened. He went round Dan Ball to burst clear on goal but his left-foot shot was well saved by Jason Mellor, diving to his right.
More good play followed from Wood as Morias drove over the bar from 25 yards and then a fine pull back by Angol led to Graeme Montgomery forcing a good save from Mellor.
With half-time looming Dave Pratt tried a flicked attempt on goal from 12 yards out but his effort lacked power and was easily taken by keeper James Russell.
City would have welcomed the break more than their visitors but looked a different team playing down the slope in the second period.
Within minutes of the restart Adelsbury put in a header from an Ashley Kington free-kick which brought out an excellent save from Russell. He almost blotted his copybook from the resulting corner as he inexplicably punched against his own crossbar.
City took the lead in the 66th minute. The visitors failed to clear the ball out of defence following a throw and after taking a couple of deflections, the ball fell nicely for Adelsbury to stab home from ten yards.
From then on the home side were rampant, with Wood looking nothing like league leaders. Substitute Ross Stearn put Pratt clean through on the left but his touch was poor and the ball ran away from him.
City have at times have struggled to make games safe in the closing stages but managed to do just that with four minutes left. A strong run and tackle by Andy Gallinagh, who enjoyed one of his best games for some time, gave him the space to drive the ball across the box and Adelsbury fired in his second of the afternoon again from close range.
The 600 home fans in attendance may have been cold on the outside but it was a City performance sufficient to warm the cockles of their hearts.